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Rep. Perry joins already crowded Idaho congressional race

Rep. Christy Perry says she’s officially entering the crowded race of candidates vying for Idaho’s open 1st Congressional District seat.

State Rep. Christy Perry of Nampa enters already crowded 1st CD race

Idaho state Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, announced today that she’ll run for Congress in the 1st Congressional District race that already has drawn a slew of candidates; it’s an open seat, as current Rep. Raul Labrador is leaving it to run for governor. Republicans who…

Ahlquist goes after Little, Labrador with ‘quiz’ website

GOP gubernatorial Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign has put up a new website criticizing rivals Brad Little and Raul Labrador, criticizing both as “professional politicians” who “do the darndest things with your tax dollars.” The site is online at It’s set up as a “quiz,” asking…

Ybarra and challenger Dillon both oppose school vouchers; Ybarra says ‘No, no, no, no, no’

State schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra and Wilder School District Superintendent Jeff Dillon, who is running against Ybarra in 2018, appeared together at the Idaho School Boards Association’s annual convention in Coeur d’Alene last week, and Idaho EdNews reports that the two faced off in a…

Matthew Sutherland drops bid challenging Cathy McMorris Rodgers, backs Lisa Brown

The Washington State University alumnus will turn his attention to state-level politics, as Brown ramps up a run to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers next year with the backing of national political strategists.

Eye on Boise: Former Sen. Schmidt says he’s decided against run for governor – at least for now

Former state Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician and outspoken advocate of improving health care in Idaho, says after much consideration, he’s decided against running for governor next year – at least for now.

Complaint targets Ahlquist campaign, but Secty of State’s office says there’s no violation

Taso Kinnas, former treasurer for the Idahoans for Liberty PAC, has filed a complaint with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office about campaign filings by GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist, but the office says it looked at the issue long ago and concluded Ahlquist did…

McMorris Rodgers’ seat in Congress targeted by national Democrats emboldened by recent electoral wins

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added Washington’s 5th district to its list of 91 contests nationwide it believes are winnable to take back control of the House of Representatives. The designation doesn’t necessarily mean national Democrats will start spending money in the district, but signifies renewed interest from the left in a seat that has been occupied by a Republican since 1994.

Eye on Boise: Ada County asks Rep. Giddings to repay homeowner’s exemption

Ada County is moving to collect back taxes from state Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, for claiming a homeowner’s exemption for her Garden City home in 2016 while also claiming to be a resident of the north-central Idaho district where she was elected to the state House.

Editorial: Review of S-R election endorsements

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Balukoff, first major Dem, enters 2018 race for Idaho governor

A.J. Balukoff, who ran as the Democratic challenger to Gov. Butch Otter in 2014, filed his paperwork Thursday to begin fundraising for another run for governor of Idaho in 2018.

A.J. Balukoff files initial paperwork to run for governor as Democrat in 2018

A.J. Balukoff, who ran as the Democratic challenger to Gov. Butch Otter in 2014, filed his paperwork today to begin fundraising for another run for governor of Idaho in 2018. “I think people need a choice besides what’s going on on the Republican side,” Balukoff…

Little’s answer to Labrador’s Cruz endorsement: His own endorsement from local leader in Emmett

Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s campaign had no comment today on rival Raul Labrador’s endorsement by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 Idaho gubernatorial race, but said it would have an endorsement announcement of its own today. It’s out now, and it’s from Gem County Commission chairman and former Emmett mayor Bill Butticci. “It is humbling to have…

Ahlquist campaign on Labrador’s endorsements today: ‘DC politicians and their special interest groups’

David Johnston, campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial Tommy Ahlquist, had this comment on rival Raul Labrador’s endorsement today by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: “No surprise here that D.C. politicians and their special interest groups are supporting another D.C. politician. Is Congressman Labrador running for Congress…

PAC backing Rand Paul allies says it’ll support Labrador

A new political action committee dedicated to supporting allies of Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky announced today that it will support Raul Labrador in the race for Idaho governor in 2018, the AP reports. The Protect Freedom PAC, headed by GOP operative Michael…

Ted Cruz endorses Labrador for Idaho governor in 2018

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador announced Wednesday that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is endorsing Labrador for governor of Idaho in 2018.

Labrador announces Ted Cruz is endorsing him for governor of Idaho in ‘18

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador announced today that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is endorsing Labrador for governor of Idaho in 2018. Cruz, who won Idaho’s 13-candidate 2016 GOP presidential primary with 45.4 percent of the vote to Donald Trump’s 28.1 percent, said in…

Former VP Dick Cheney endorses Yates for Idaho lieutenant governor

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Steve Yates in Idaho’s open lieutenant governor’s race. Cheney said Tuesday in a statement distributed by the campaign that he appreciated Yates’s time working as a deputy on his national security staff and praised Yates’ dedication to the Republican Party. Yates, an Idaho Falls businessman…

Simpson names Bedke, Crapo, Risch as re-election campaign co-chairs

Idaho 2nd District GOP Rep. Mike Simpson today launched his re-election bid and named his campaign co-chairs: House Speaker Scott Bedke and U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. Simpson said in a statement, “Idaho leads the nation in common sense solutions for tough problems…

Mitt Romney endorses Ahlquist for governor of Idaho in 2018

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist in the race to become Idaho’s next governor in 2018.